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Just the facts

Main strip:  Macarthur Boulevard between 35th & High Street
Who dwells here: Residents looking for small locally owned businesses 
Population: 1,797
Neighborhood giant: Laurel Street Fair
Where to mingle with locals: Sequioa Dinner

The vibe 

Walk through the Laurel arch and into a bustling neighborhood filled with shopping, events and annual street festivals.  

The inside inside scoop

At one time MacArthur Boulevard was U.S. Highway 50. So as you explore Laurel, you may notice many neon signs that date back to that time period, when MacArthur was Oakland’s major thoroughfare.

How to get here

Freeway exit: 
From 1-580 E, take 35th Ave exit, turn left of 35th and right on Macarthur Blvd.
From 1-580 W, exit at MacArthur Blvd/High Street, and continue on Macarthur Blvd.

Bart stop: Fruitvale Station is the closest stop, however, you’ll have to take another bus to reach the neighborhood (see

Bus lines: 54, 14, 805, NL, NX, NX2, NXC, 57